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Mike Rohde, creator: Designer, author of The Sketchnote Handbook & Workbook, and illustrator, living in Wisconsin.

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Monday
Aug072017

Sketchnoter's Story: Ruth Baker @ruthiebee85

Today I'm so happy to introduce a new Sketchnoters' Story and our guest is a good friend of Sketchnote Army: Ruth Baker .

Enjoy!

 


 

My Sketchnote journey has taken me somewhere I never expected to go.

A couple of years ago I was fortunate enough to work with an amazingly innovate and genuinely wonderful teacher from Canada who just so happened to sketchnote. This teacher wrote fiction in their free time and used sketchnotes to plan out their writing. I was completely ‘wowed’ by their work and immediately decided that I would never even try.

Fast-forward 18 months and I’m in a new country with a new job and am browsing TED talks. Rachel Smith’s Ted talk “Drawing in Class” caught my eye and off I went down the rabbit hole and exploring everything I could find in the world of sketchnotes.

Having not drawn even something as simple as a stick figure for 17 years I was daunted, but got in there and tried. I confess to buying some children’s drawing books in the local language and trying some of their simple image and icon ideas. Within the first month I was sketchnoting with my students and experimenting with how sketchnotes can help us in the classroom. I sat with my Drama classes and tried to sketchote what we needed to do for our public speaking exams and the students created their own sketchnotes along with me.

 

 

 

When my parents visited during the holiday’s I made an effort to sketchnote our trip. This definitely presented me with some challenges with my drawing skills, but is a huge improvement on my previous travel journals that only contained words and are gathering dust as they have never been reopened. My travel sketchnotes are still developing as I’m not sure what my style is as of yet. Watercolours scare me, but I intend to persevere.

 

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TED talks are something I enjoy, but struggle to sit and enjoy unless I’m sketchnoting. I indulge on a regular basis now and use it as both a chance to learn something new, challenge my thinking and to work on my sketchnote skills. At my school I now sketchnote at all staff meetings and my sketchnotes are shared with the whole staff as a form of minutes. When I sketchnote live I tend to rely heavily on icons I’ve used before and will leave colour and accents until after. This is a sketchnote of a TED talk I love. It really inspires me when educational institutes take risks and offer the flexibility for students to drive their own learning.

 

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The way I think has changed through sketchnotes. I am more critical in my thinking and am looking for connections as I sketchnote in order to represent the ideas visually. Everything that you read about why you should sketchnote and how they help is true for me. Think, retain, make connections, solve problems, share thinking etc. I use sketchnotes in my own studies and am fortunate enough that my school have allowed me to present to staff and students. Sketchnotes are gradually taking over our school as can be seen by our World Sketchnote Day 2017 celebration. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPmBsQKomik

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I am glad to have taken the risk and stepped into the world of sketchnotes and been given the opportunity to share it with so many others.

- Ruth


 

As usual, I quote a sentence that particulerly resonate with me:

The way I think has changed through sketchnotes.

This is remarkably true.

Thank you so much Ruth!

- Mauro

 

Thursday
Aug032017

Sketchnote as application documentation: Julie Porter @JuliePorterEC

A lovely sketchnote by Julie Porter 

I work now for Promethean, an ed tech company. Our big product is software called ClassFlow. Once in a while, I make sketchnotes to explain the educational reasons behind a feature of the program. This is one of those, explaining why teachers should put up the results of a poll taken in their classroom BEFORE all of the results are in.

Do not miss other Julie's sketchnotes on her blog .

Very interesting Julie!

- Mauro

Monday
Jul312017

Sketchnoting during lessons: Douglas Wittnebel @DougtheArchitek

Here is a colorful work by Douglas Wittnebel .

He wrote:

My sketchnotes are active graphic responses during lectures and discussions about the topics of design and the future.

You can see more of Douglas works on his Behance profile.

Thank you for sharing with us Douglas.

- Mauro

 

Thursday
Jul272017

Sketch + Notes about George Saunders : Andrea Joseph @aheavysoul

A beautiful sketch by Andrea Joseph .

He wrote:

I went to see/hear author George Saunders talk about his new book. I quickly sketched him whilst listening and grabbed some of his words, as he spoke, on the page too.

I love this: the ink traits, the colors, the unusual lettering.

Thank you for sharing with us Andrea!

- Mauro

Monday
Jul242017

Sketchnoting at Church: Krystal Whitten 

 

 

Here is a great work by Krystal Whitten .

She wrote:

Creating sketchnotes at church has changed going to church for me! I now pay attention better and remember what the sermon was about long after I leave the building. These sketchnotes were from a pre-Easter service. I have a popcorn style of note taking, and I love being able to look back at them and share them with others.

I can't refrain myself to highlight this sentence:

I now pay attention better and remember what the sermon was about long after I leave the building.

So true Krystal!

- Mauro